Common Read

Your First-Year Seminar will participate in the campus-wide discussion prompted by Arcadia's 2020-21 Common Read selections, which are books that have been chosen for their ability to generate critical conversations about social justice in the United States.
How to Be an Antiracist Book Cover

How to Be an Antiracist 
Ibram X. Kendi

"There is no neutrality in the racism struggle...One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist."

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive Book Cover

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive
Stephanie Land

“Being poor, living in poverty, seemed a lot like probation - the crime being a lack of means to survive.”

Join us on March 3 as Land speaks to the Arcadia Community over zoom.  To read more and to register for this event, please go here.

At the fall semester Common Read event on Monday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, one of America's foremost historians and leading antiracist voices, will lead a conversation about his important book. A National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Dr. Kendi is a contributor writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent and is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Dr. Kendi is also the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers: "How to Be an Antiracist," an international bestseller that has been translated in several languages; "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You," co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and "Antiracist Baby," illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky.

First-year students received a copy of Stephanie Land's "Maid" through their First-Year Seminar, in preparation for a conversation hosted by the author in the spring semester.  Click here to register for the March 3rd event.

For more information about the Common Read event at Arcadia, contact Dr. Rachel Collins, Director of the First-Year Academic Experience (

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